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Digest of domestic news for the week Apr 11 -Apr 17, 2015


New Delhi: Under fire for using the word “presstitutes” for the media, Union minister V K Singh says he apologises to journalists barring a small section of media persons who were carrying out a “motivated campaign” against him.

New Delhi: In a relief to farmers in the city hit by unseasonal rains and hailstorm, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announces a compensation of Rs 50,000 for per hectare of damaged crops and says his government will stand firmly behind the peasants.
New Delhi: Swine flu claimed lives of five more persons as the death toll climbed to 2,172 in the country while the number of persons affected by the H1N1 virus breached the 35,000-mark.

Mumbai/New Delhi: Shiv Sena today courted controversy by demanding scrapping of voting rights of Muslims, saying the community has often been used for vote bank politics, evoking sharp reactions from several political parties which accused it of trying to inflame passions and divide people.

New Delhi: The Centre gave its nod for a CBI probe into the mysterious death of IAS officer D K Ravi after Karnataka government fell in line and sent a fresh notification without any time limit.

New Delhi: India’s security concerns were conveyed to Ri Su Yong, Foreign Minister of North Korea which has close military ties with Pakistan.

New Delhi: Directing Andhra Pradesh Government to conduct a magisterial enquiry into the killing of 20 persons allegedly in police firing in Chittoor district, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) orders the Tamil Nadu police to give protection to two persons from the State connected with the incident.

Gurgaon: Rebel Aam Aadmi Party faction led by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan stopped short of splitting the party by floating a new group and deciding to take a call on launching a new political outfit after six months.

New Delhi: Greenpeace India alleges that the government’s move to suspend its licence to receive funds is a “smokescreen” to shut down its operations in the country completely, a charge dismissed by the Centre which says the action was taken against the NGO for its “mischief”.

New Delhi: On a day the government brought in a new law ending the collegium system, it also sent back recommendations of the panel headed by Chief Justice of India for appointment of four additional judges to the Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh high courts.

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led government will not be able to enact any anti-conversion law as the subject is purely under the domain of state governments and the Centre has no jurisdiction in the matter.

New Delhi: Government constitutes a three-member committee of top bureaucrats to go into implications of the Official Secrets Act and the RTI law as demands mounted for declassification of files related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

New Delhi: Ruling parties in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand won four of the five seats in the Assembly bye-elections which saw Congress heavyweight Narayan Rane suffering the humiliation of a second defeat in six months when he lost Mumbai’s Bandra (East) seat.

New Delhi: Ending his mysterious 56-day foreign sojourn, Rahul Gandhi returns home with the Congress party hailing him as a “mature” leader who would magically restore the party’s health, notwithstanding the voices within questioning his leadership abilities.

New Delhi: Facing an uproar over ‘net neutrality’, Facebook and Airtel says their ‘free internet’ platforms are open for all service providers and do not discriminate among users, even as more e-commerce majors including Amazon.in and MakeMyTrip committed themselves to the cause of ‘open internet’.

Srinagar: Violence broke out on the streets of Srinagar on a day separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat was arrested on sedition charges, with protesters burning the national flag and fighting pitched battles with security forces.

New Delhi: AAP issues show-cause notices to rebel leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav for for alleged anti-party activities, taking final steps towards their expulsion, even as Yadav questioned the move saying it was against the principle of natural justice.

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